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Howard Altschuler, center, with his clients Domenic and Cathy D’Attilos, in front of the New Haven courthouse Feb. 23. They attended a hearing before Judge Matthew Frechette, who is deciding whether a one-sentence provision in their retainer agreement will send their 16-count claim to arbitration, or whether they can proceed in court.

Koskoff, Day Pitney Seek Arbitration in Major Legal Malpractice Case

By Thomas B. Scheffey |

Legal malpractice defense lawyers have been working to keep the renowned plaintiffs personal injury firm of Koskoff Koskoff & Bieder from having to defend itself in a public courtroom before a judge or jury.

Well-Known Hartford Lawyer, Law Book Author Passes Away

By Staff Report |

A Hartford lawyer known as a partner in one of the country's oldest law firms and as co-author of two well-respected legal texts has passed away.

Husband's Will Leaves Wife $5, Setting Off Court Battle

By Christian Nolan |

When Kathleen Dix's husband died, he left her just $5 in the will. That small sum set off a long-running court battle. Most recently, Dix was unable to convince a Superior Court judge that the statute allowing such a small inheritance for a spouse was unconstitutional.

Wesley Horton and Robert Reardon

Judge Criticizes Attorney’s Ethics in Personal Injury Case

By Thomas B. Scheffey |

Prominent New London trial lawyer Robert Reardon has won millions of dollars in personal injury cases. But now, in a harshly worded, 75-page opinion, a longtime jurist is questioning Reardon's credibility, integrity and fitness to practice law.

Stephen Fitzgerald

Pilot Wins $400,000 After Ex-Employer Badmouthed Him to Another Airline

By Christian Nolan |

The state Appellate Court has upheld a $407,000 damages award to a Connecticut aviator who claimed his former employer maliciously prevented him from getting a job with another airline.

Conn. Product Liability Attorneys Jump to National Firm

By Staff Reports |

Two product liability attorneys who recently won a high-profile case have joined the Connecticut office of Gordon & Rees as partners.

Karen DeMeola

CBA to Break Barrier, As Biracial Officer Is In Line for Presidency

By Jay Stapleton |

At one point last year, the Connecticut Bar Association was put on the spot for not having enough people of color in leadership roles. One undeniable point of criticism was that the 9,000-member bar organization had never had a nonwhite president.

Brutal Baseball Bat Attack Results in $113,000 Verdict

By Christian Nolan |

A man who was assaulted by his girlfriend's stepfather with a baseball bat has been awarded more than $113,000.

Former State Supreme Court Justice Dies; Known as ADR 'Trailblazer'

By Jay Stapleton |

Retired Connecticut Supreme Court Justice Angelo Santaniello, who wrote more than 100 majority opinions during his nine years on the high court, has passed away at the age of 90.

Snowy Weather Has Firms Implementing Work-From-Home Policies

By Jay Stapleton |

Work-disrupting storms have become such frequent events this winter that many Connecticut lawyers have begun planning client meetings around the icy weather.

Divorcing Father Prosecuted for Alleged Threats Against Conn. Judge

By Associated Press |

Edward Taupier's lawyer says his client was just venting about the judge in his divorce and child custody case when he sent an email to six acquaintances that mentioned weapons and the judge's home.

Colt Executives Settle Multimillion-Dollar Employment Suit

By Christian Nolan |

Two former top executives for Colt's Manufacturing Co. have settled their multimillion-dollar wrongful termination claims against their former employer in a case that hinged on the validity of secretly drafted severance agreements.

Conn. Plaintiff Tries to Buck Trend in Mechanical Bull Lawsuit

By Karen Ali |

The Southington restaurant is called the Cadillac Ranch. But the preferred ride doesn't have four wheels.

Fraternities Fight Back With Lawsuits Against Colleges

By Jay Stapleton |

The lurid scenes of rowdy fraternity brothers binge-drinking, destroying property and seducing underage girls turned "Animal House" into an instant cult classic. That was 1978. Since then, too many toga parties, hazing incidents, sex-assault scandals and alcohol-related deaths have led to arrests and negligence lawsuits.

Editorial: Conn. Lawmakers Must Address Drone Proliferation

The Connecticut General Assembly must get out ahead of the problems inherent in the uncontrolled use of drones.


Mark Dubois: Lawyers, Like Anglers, Must Find New Niche

By Mark Dubois |

As I write this, I am sitting in Provincetown. The sun has just come out after a hellacious 24-hour nor'easter, which dumped more snow here, where two inches is a huge storm, than I have often seen in Vermont, where they measure it in yards instead of inches.

Shoe Store Wage Dispute Results in $2.9 Million Settlement

By Christian Nolan |

National discount shoe retailer Payless Shoesource has agreed to pay $2.9 million to a group of store managers who claim they were misclassified as managers and as a result denied overtime pay.


Norm Pattis: It's Not Jurors' Job to Hold Defendants Accountable

By Norm Pattis |

Now that we've abolished the death penalty in Connecticut, at least insofar as future cases are concerned, the fate of those currently on death row being much at issue, there is really no cause for jurors ever lawfully to consider the consequences of a guilty verdict.

Patricia King: Lawyers Who Fail to Send Invoices Invite Grievances

By Patricia King |

Greetings from the private sector. Many of you knew me from the 11 years I spent in the Office of the Chief Disciplinary Counsel. I became the head of the office in July 2013 and retired as of Feb. 1. I am now back to being just another lawyer, staffing the New Haven office of Geraghty & Bonnano.

Conn. Supreme Court Overturns 100-Year Sentence in Juvenile Case

By Associated Press |

The Connecticut Supreme Court has overturned a 100-year prison sentence that was imposed on a Hartford teenager in a murder case, saying juveniles cannot be treated the same as adults when being sentenced for violent crimes.

Paul Knierim

Probate Leaders Say Court Fees Could Skyrocket If State Cuts Budget

By Christian Nolan |

When Gov. Dannel Malloy's two-year, $40 billion budget proposal was recently released, funding for the state's probate court system was conspicuously absent.

Conn. Contractor Pleads Guilty to Sharing Jet Information With Iran

By Associated Press |

A former defense contractor accused of sending sensitive information about U.S. military jet programs to his native Iran in an effort to land a job there has pleaded guilty in federal court in Hartford.


Norm Pattis: State Should Consider Drastic Reductions to Criminal Sentences

By Norm Pattis |

Gov. Dannel Malloy is calling for reform of some of the state's draconian sentencing laws, proposing that mere drug possession be a misdemeanor, and calling for the elimination of mandatory minimum sentences for non-violent drug offenses.

Donald Philips

New Bar Foundation Leader Seeks to Stabilize Revenue

By Amaris Elliott-Engel |

Incoming Connecticut Bar Foundation executive director Donald Philips said the contacts he's made managing political campaigns and lobbying state lawmakers will be helpful in advancing the foundation's goals.

Cabbie Loses ADA Suit After Refusing Ride to Service Dog

By Jay Stapleton |

As a taxi driver recently learned, being afraid of dogs is not a legally valid excuse for refusing to pick up a disabled person with a service animal.

Bar Groups Track Right-To-Die Legislation, Other Bills

By Jay Stapleton |

The legislative Judiciary Committee has plenty of high-profile issues before it this session, including proposals addressing juvenile justice, domestic violence prevention and foreclosure mediation.

Editorial: Conn. Pays Too Much to Incarcerate Drug Offenders

An excellent study of Connecticut's costly prison system released last year by the Malta-Justice Initative shows the staggering costs, waste and futility of mass incarceration of non-violent offenders.

David Slossberg

Conn. Lawsuit Seeks Class Action Status in Anthem Breach

By Jay Stapleton |

In her complaint filed Feb. 20, former Anthem customer Wilma J. Peterman alleges negligence, breach of contract, unjust enrichment, and violation of Connecticut's Unfair Trade Practices Act.

Big Conn. Firms Name New Partners, Shareholders

By Paul Sussman |

The national firm of Dickstein Shapiro has expanded its corporate and finance practice by hiring Gloria Skigen to be a partner in the firm's Stamford office.

Jennifer Celentano

In Same-Sex Split, Judge Creates a New Legal Route to Parenthood

By Thomas B. Scheffey |

Until late last year, Connecticut's case law recognized only four ways of becoming a parent—conception, adoption, artificial insemination and surrogacy contracts.

Stacey Violante Cote, director of the Teen Legal Advocacy Project, and Andre Jackson, coordinator of the project’s new mobile legal office, said the van will allow them to reach more teens with legal problems

Legal Services Van Hits the Streets For Homeless Teens

By Karen Ali |

As an advocate for the many legal issues facing homeless teens, Stacey Violante Cote has had her own share of challenges.

Lawyer Who Served Prison Time Again Accused of Theft From Client

By Jay Stapleton |

A former New Britain lawyer who spent 15 months in prison for embezzling more than $300,000 from a law firm where she worked is now accused of stealing $155,000 from a former client.

Conn. Lawyer Helps Soldiers, Feds Bring Case Against Lender

By Christian Nolan |

Lemberg wrote a letter to U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., telling her about the plight of U.S. military personnel who had their vehicles repossessed.

Concerns Grow Over Conn. Jurors With Limited English Skills

By Christian Nolan |

With an increasingly diverse population that includes more people who speak English as their second language, many trial lawyers and judges face a new dilemma when picking a jury.

Guest Commentary: Insurers Are Leaving Patients Priced Out

By Wayne Turner, The National Law Journal |

The Affordable Care Act was designed to prevent health insurers from discriminating against people based on health status, but a recent study published in the New England Journal of Medicine questions how effective those protections really are.

Fred Ury

Lawyers Propose New, Streamlined Plan for MCLE

By Jay Stapleton |

To get around opposition that has focused on the cost of CLE, the new proposal to the Rules Committee would allow attorneys to satisfy the hours requirement by self-study, or through national providers.

Big Conn. Firms Name New Partners, Shareholders

By Paul Sussman |

The national firm of Dickstein Shapiro has expanded its corporate and finance practice by hiring Gloria Skigen to be a partner in the firm's Stamford office.

Chief Justice Opposes Governor's Judiciary Proposal

By Jay Stapleton |

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy's proposed budget for fiscal years 2016 and 2017 calls for eliminating the Court Support Services Division of the Judicial Branch, which would move juvenile services to DCF and other functions such as adult probation to the Department of Correction.

Probate Court Workers Demand Recognition As State Employees


Probate court workers are demanding to be recognized as state employees, hoping to change state law that denies the approximately 300 workers benefits similar to what tens of thousands of others at Connecticut agencies receive.

Commentary: Legislature Should Approve Aid-in-Dying Law

By Duane Lueders |

Another legislative session is upon us, and an aid-in-dying bill will once again be put forth.